Tag Archives: Latvia

Castles of Latvia: Photos of Gauja National Park

Castles have always intrigued me, especially those in ruins. The more hidden and neglected the ruins, the better for my imagination to run wild. I blame it on my childhood bookworm days when running away to live in an art … Continue reading

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Photos of My Frenemy: Riga, Latvia

Riga and I have a tumultuous relationship. The capital of Latvia welcomed me with a malicious staircase and a fountain of blood, the cramped hospital waiting room, and a merry-go-round of aptieka visits. As if that wasn’t enough of an … Continue reading

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Travel Health Experiments of a Fibromite

I experienced an unexpected blessing on my Baltics trip – the fibromyalgia monster within was tamed to a gentle kitten’s playful bite. Maybe it was all the walking? On average, I must have walked 5 or 6 hours a day, even with … Continue reading

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Castles and Trains

Soviet-era trains are hot and stuffy. Have a distinct biting diesel smell that scours your throat and makes you want to drink lots of water. They also are not very handicap friendly. I watched a sweet couple, an elderly man … Continue reading

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Riga Culture Shock

I am immersed in a whirlwind of the big city. After a week in tranquil Estonia, the capitol of Latvia feels huge and on permanent fast forward. Trams clanging everywhere. The little green striding walk man shrieking at me to … Continue reading

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Stories from the Baltic Road: A Medical Mishap

It was bound to happen. I have scaled mountain peaks in Iceland and traversed the mountain passes solo in Greenland, but it took a perfectly benign set of concrete stairs to a pedestrian street underpass to inflict my first major … Continue reading

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Montreal and the Baltics – Here I Come!

Maybe it’s the reappearance of the sun, the blush of dawn that awakens me earlier and earlier each morning with unspoken promise, or the daffodils suddenly swaying in the garden to the crisp bite of the wind, but I am … Continue reading

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